There are approximately 150 kms of public road within the Tralee Urban area, responsibility for which is shared between Tralee Town Council and Kerry County Council. The main arteries running through the town – national primary, secondary and regional routes, are the responsibility of Tralee Area, Kerry County Council. Public car parks are the responsibility of Tralee Town Council and Tralee operates a “Pay and Display” system for both designated on-street and car park areas.
In 2009 Tralee Town Council continued its programme of urban road improvement. These works were funded from the Council revenue budget and grant support from Central Government through the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. The Council’s primary aims were to upgrade footpaths and roads, making them safer and to achieve better walking and riding surfaces for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicular traffic. Universal access played a major part in all works carried out.
The following programmes were undertaken:
Discretionary Block Grant:
The discretionary block grant totalled €228,000 in 2009 (the same as 2008) and was spent on strenghtening and resurfacing works at Racecourse Road, Ballyvelly Road and Oakpark Demesne, as well as footpath replacement and drainage works at Racecourse Road.
Carriageway Renewal Grants:
€ 145,000 was received as a special block grant for carriageway/ footpath renewal (down from €377,000 in 2008).
Drainage and road surfacing works were undertaken at Back Lane, Blennerville.
Footpath improvements were undertaken in the following locations, Westcourt, O’Rahilly’s Villas, Glenard, Strand Street, and Rae Street.
Essential drainage and surfacing works were undertaken at North Circular Road, adjacent to Hogan’s Funeral Home, with monies derived from planning levies.
A grant of €62,385 was received from the DoEHLG for disability access works; dished footpaths were provided at Connolly Park, Shanakill, Rahoonane and Racecourse Road. Work was commenced on the provision of a pedestrian crossing at ivy terrace.
Taking in Charge:
The following roads in housing estates were taken by the Town Council in charge in 2009:
The Willows, Clonmore
Woodbrooke Court, Monavalley
Clonmore Gove Iner
The Oaks, Oakview
Riverside Drive, Oakview
2010 Blocks Grants
A total Grant of €410,000 was allocated for footpath and road works this year.
Block Grants will be used to carry out works in the following areas:
Farranstephen to Ballyrickard, Mary Street, Laurel Court, John Joe Sheehy Road inner, Spa Road Estate, Cloghers Orchard, Brewery Road
Ballyrickard, O’Rahilly’s Villas/Rae St., Casement Avenue, Liosdara, Monalee, Racecourse Road, Connolly Park, Rahoonane/ADAPT, Clash East, Brewery Road, Cahill’s Park